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The History of Lillibrooke Manor

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Lillibrooke, meaning “babbling brook”, is a medieval manor with a rich history originating with the Lollebrok family who owned the land on which it stands from at least 1292. The house is first mentioned in public records in 1376 when Thomas de Lollebrok appeared in court to prove ownership of it.

There the family prospered for over a hundred years until King Richard II’s reign when Lollebrok’s support of the ill-fated monarch lost him his lands as a punishment for his loyalty. Around 1412, the manor passed into the hands of the well-known Martyn family of Athelhampton House in Dorset.

The current manor house was constructed in about 1490 and it is likely that the family resided there whilst frequenting the Royal Court in Windsor. By 1541, however, the family’s young heir, Robert Martyn sold up to the trustees of Englefield House (near Reading).

The estate was purchased for Sir Thomas Englefield’s widow, Lady Elizabeth, and she lived there while her son was at Englefield. It continued as one of the family’s major second residences after her death and was central to the 1594 marriage settlement agreed between Francis Englefield and the sister of Viscount Montagu.

During Cromwell’s Commonwealth, the estate was confiscated from the fifth son, William, as penalty for his Catholic beliefs. There are rumours of the existence of a priest hole in the property. In 1656, it was purchased by the new tenant, Henry Partridge, a citizen and cooper of London and it remained in the family until the middle of the 19th Century when the estate was bought by Charles Pascoe Grenfell.

Until 1988 Lillibrooke Manor and the barns were part of a working farm. In 1988 massive grain-drying bins were removed to reveal the magnificent space that is Lillibrooke Great Barn. Having come under new ownership in 2015 Lillibrooke Manor began the latest chapter in its long life. The new owners are committed to preserving and enhancing this beautiful historical house so that it may be used and enjoyed for many years to come.

Virtual 360° Tour

Make the journey along the driveway and explore the barns and gardens with our 360° virtual tour.

The Estate

Set amongst 15 acres of English countryside, Lillibrooke Manor is a picturesque setting for weddings and other events. The variety of spaces are exclusively yours and can be used in many different ways during your day. The Great Barn is licensed for up to 170 guests for a sit down dinner and larger civil ceremonies or corporate events.

The Small Barn can accommodate up to 120 for a wedding ceremony or conference as well as drinks receptions or parties.

When the weather is fine the beautiful adjoining cloister garden is an ideal space for guests to mingle. As one of only a handful of places in Berkshire licenced for outdoor weddings it provides a quintessentially English backdrop for your big day.

The Great Barn

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  • One of the largest Grade II Listed barns in the south of England, the Great Barn is a spectacular space, with the capacity to hold up to 220 people, 170 seated.
  • Generous dance floor and bar areas.
  • State of the art whole barn PA system, HD projector and large screen, adjustable colour lighting and decorative external lighting
  • The Great Barn garden and forecourt can be used for bouncy castles, lawn games, hay bale seating, hog roasts, BBQs… even fun fair rides!

The Engine House

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  • Linked internally to the Great Barn is the Engine House, a fabulous glazed room with stunning views of the Manor House
  • An ideal space for up to 80 guests to escape the dance floor and kick off their shoes, sign a guest book, have fun at the photo booth, enjoy an evening buffet, or simply relax with a glass of wine or a coffee

The Small Barn

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  • The most popular setting for civil ceremonies, the Small Barn can host up to 120 guests in an atmosphere reminiscent of a small country church
  • A great location for a Welcome Drink Reception
  • You might like to use this space for children and younger guests to participate in games and organised activities

The Cloister Garden

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  • The garden is the perfect place for a quintessentially English vintage reception
  • One of only a handful of legally licensed outdoor venues
  • After your ceremony, guests can mingle in the picturesque garden for welcome drinks

Cottage Room

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  • Linked internally to the Great Barn is the Engine House, a fabulous glazed room with stunning views of the Manor House
  • An ideal space for up to 80 guests to escape the dance floor and kick off their shoes, sign a guest book, have fun at the photo booth, enjoy an evening buffet, or simply relax with a glass of wine or a coffee

The Grounds

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  • Linked internally to the Great Barn is the Engine House, a fabulous glazed room with stunning views of the Manor House
  • An ideal space for up to 80 guests to escape the dance floor and kick off their shoes, sign a guest book, have fun at the photo booth, enjoy an evening buffet, or simply relax with a glass of wine or a coffee

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Natasha September 2018

'We really did get lucky when we found our dream wedding venue in Lillibrooke Manor. I don’t think we could have asked for a more perfect venue, more attentive staff and more gorgeous backdrop. There are so many little spots around the venue for great photos and the Great Barn was big enough for all your guests to be in one place. We knew from the moment we saw it, it was going to be the place that we held the most important day of our lives so far in.'

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